Much like the Moroccan marriage registration process in Thailand the application process starts in your home country. You first need to obtain a ‘Affidavit of freedom to marry” stamped and issued by the Foreign Ministry overseas Jordan. Once you have this in hand you need to contact the Thai Embassy in Jordan to have the document certified as original and authentic as there is no Embassy in Thailand.
Once you arrive in Thailand with the document you will need to have the document translated into Thai and have this certified at the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Note that if you are going to be getting married to a non-Muslim then you will also need to contact the Islamic Centre in Bangkok to have a conversion of the person done. You can have a traditional Islamic Marriage ceremony as well and then register your marriage in Thailand. See Islamic Marriage in Thailand for more details.
The marriage registration process takes a day to complete and you then have to take all your documents to the Amphurs Office or District Office where they will issue you with a marriage certificate. Note the documents you must have:
- 1. Your passport;
- 2. Your fiancée’s Tabian Baan;
- 3. Your fiancée’s Thai ID card;
- 4. Your divorce decree; (if applicable)
- 5. Your death certificate of your late spouse; (if applicable)
- 6. Birth certificates of any children you have together; (if applicable)
- 7. Prenuptial Agreement. (if applicable)
- 8. Certified and Verified ‘Freedom to Marry’ Affidavit
You can now apply for a visa conversion if you plan on staying in Thailand with your Thai wife or you can leave the country and apply for a Thai visa in another country in Asia and return to extend the visa to a 12 month visa. Speak to an attorney in Thailand about this or if you are down South in Southern Thailand then speak to a lawyer in Phuket for more information and guidance.